POSH Workshop at Arvind Mahila College

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted October 22, 2018 from India

Naina Jha conducted an awareness workshop on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act (POSH) at Arvind Mahila College on 19th September 2018 for 150 girls and 10 teachers.

 

She began the workshop by talking about the concepts of gender and sex and the differences between the two with the help of examples. She also asked the students to share their own understanding of the concepts with the help of examples from their daily lives. This helped make it more relevant to them.

 

Next, on the agenda, was the issue of sexual harassment and the objectification of women in the world of media and advertising. With a presentation of various advertisements in the past that have been banned she explained how we are still progressing and moving away from comparing to women as sexual objects.

 

Naina then spoke to the students about sexual harassment, its types and the laws that protect one against sexual harassment. When asked in the beginning all the students denied ever facing harassment. Toward the end of the workshop, they realised that things like ogling, whistling, stalking were also forms of sexual harassment. Post the workshop all of them raised their hands when she asked them whether they had faced harassment. She reiterated the importance of being aware, speaking up and reporting harassment by teaching them about FIRs and significance of consent.

 

A few of the girls found the courage to share their personal experiences. One of them has been abused as a child but she hadn’t been able to understand what had happened to her then. Another students shared about an experience in the market when boys on a motorcycle pulled at her scarf. Terrified, she didn’t venture out of the house alone for days.

 

Sexual harassment affects everyone, everywhere. We need to do so much more to make our girls safer, to make sure they receive an education, to make sure they have a chance to grow.

 

 

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Jacqueline Namutaawe
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hey Elsa
Nice write up here and thank you for bringing to our notice that sexual harassment affects every woman and girl in whatever form. From ogling to stalking to whistling oh they are all annoying stunts. And there is nothing as annoying as hwen the younger men try these moves on you...oh i feel like throwing stones at them. However we have to say no to sexual harassment in all it forms.

Sis. Salifu
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Dear Elsa,
What a nice workshop you attended with a lots of experience to carry with you forever lovely.

Were you also a participants or a sponsor? Nice initiatives by the organizer. As you said we all face harassment in our every day lives but is difficult to identify which exactly is sexual harassment.

Good you shared with us.
Thanks
Lisbeth

Rosylyne Nabaala
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Thank you my dear sister the 150 and 10 teachers is a good number for the seminar so let us go on stop GBV and thank you for sharing.

Beth Lacey
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Education is key. Thanks for sharing
Beth

Jane Frances Mufua
Oct 23, 2018
Oct 23, 2018

Dear Elsa,

Thank you for taking this initiative. Awareness remains an important element for promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls. When you know your rights it is easy to stand up of them. Keep up the good work.

Sarah Dan-Legogie
Oct 23, 2018
Oct 23, 2018

Sexual harassment has various forms and most times some of them victims are ignorant of. Worse is the impact on the victim and the many years of silence. But this is eye opening, educating and even more, making victims pick up the courage to speak up. This is freedom!

ARREY - ECHI
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

Hello Elsa,
Thank you for the write up and the push to break the silence and give girls a voice to talke about their own #MeToo moments. It is very imperative for us to be educated and aware that is why sexual education is an important part of raising our kids.

I am glad the girls were embolden to share their stories at the end. It is true that sexual harrassment affects women and to some extend, boys everywhere.
I hope at the end, points and tips on how to better protect themselves and future generations from sexual harrassment were highlighted.
Keep impacting,
Love,
Arrey

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

Dear Elsa and Safe City,

Naina Jha has done some extraordinary work here, and by describing the agenda set up for this school, we can all see how effective it is to give real examples of what we mean by sexual harassment and objectification. What a powerful progression of relayed stories in that one workshop! SafeCity is making so many changes possible. I am sure the women of Arvind Mahila College will never forget the day.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Tarke Edith
Oct 25, 2018
Oct 25, 2018

Hi Elsa
Thanks for the great work you are doing there sister to educate girls about sexual harassment indeed they will happy to lean such tips

Ngala Nadege
Oct 29, 2018
Oct 29, 2018

Hello dear
Thanks for sharing .Sexual harassment is a global issue and we must stand up firmly against it because women are the most affected.

Ngwa Damaris
Oct 30, 2018
Oct 30, 2018

Thanks for your workshop and thanks for educating girls.I have also learnt what is sexual harrerstment from this story :)

Feka
Nov 02, 2018
Nov 02, 2018

Dear Elsa, awareness is juust that tool that is needed to help and safe so many people. Continue your job until we will all be free from Sexual harassment.

Jane Howard
Nov 05, 2018
Nov 05, 2018

Elsa,
Educating women and girls about sexual assault is so important! Thank you for sharing details about this workshop. It sounds like it was very beneficial and informative to those who were involved. I hope Naina Jha continues their work and reaches many more people with these teachings!

Erena Bayessa
Nov 11, 2018
Nov 11, 2018

Dear Naina Jha,
Thank you so much for the conducted an awareness workshop on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the colleague and speaking to those teachers and girls on the issue. The involvement of teachers and the girls themselves important towards that prevention. I sure the workshop will contribute to desired outcome of preventing sexual harassment and made safer environment for the girls in their relationship and improved academic success. Yes. women or girls have right live free of sexual harassment. I strongly believe and agree with you that its our or everyone's responsibility to make safer girls and support them to attend successfully their education. with appreciation and gratitude!
Erena

Erena Bayessa
Nov 11, 2018
Nov 11, 2018

Dear Naina Jha,
Thank you so much for the conducted an awareness workshop on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the colleague and speaking to those teachers and girls on the issue. The involvement of teachers and the girls themselves important towards that prevention. I sure the workshop will contribute to desired outcome of preventing sexual harassment and made safer environment for the girls in their relationship and improved academic success. Yes. women or girls have right live free of sexual harassment. I strongly believe and agree with you that its our or everyone's responsibility to make safer girls and support them to attend successfully their education. with appreciation and gratitude!
Erena

Urmila Chanam
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 20, 2018

Dear Elsa,

I agree that the biggest thing about sexual abuse is understanding all the actions and behaviors that constitute them and also believing that you are not at fault and stop feeling guilty or ashamed that it happened to you.

Love
Urmila Chanam

Tumanjong Miranda
Mar 05
Mar 05

Hi Elsa,
Thanks for this awareness on sexual harassment.
Women are always blamed when sexually harassed, but we have to stand our ground and say NO to all forms of sexual harassment!